Friday Five Linkup – Gym Bag Edition

Good Morning!  Today I’m linking up with Mar from Mar On the Run, Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC, and Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?! for the Friday Five!

Friday Five

This is my first link up!  I’ve seen bloggers doing this for a while and since one of my non-running goals is to expand my blog a bit, I figured I’ll jump in starting this week.

This week’s theme is “What’s In My Gym Bag?”

First up, here’s my bag.

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It’s a Thirty One Zip Top Organizing Tote.  I liked it because it had lots of pockets and it’s not too big, not too small, can fit a pair of shoes and a change of clothes if need be.  I don’t shower at the gym, so this is just the right size.  Now on to the contents.

1. Spin Shoes

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I just recently got a pair – like in the past month.  I can’t really explain how it feels different, but it just does.  It’s a smoother ride, because your foot is attached to the pedal – none of the jostling around in the shoe straps.  I got these on clearance at REI.  Even if you can’t find a deal, they are a good investment, they won’t wear out, like ever (or so I’m told).

2. My Garmin

  01f1ad4f5d8e64e931adc1d423b2673a6d13cc942fI actually don’t use my Garmin at the gym, but I keep it in my bag so that it doesn’t get lost.  As you can see, I put those lovely KT Tape cases to use and store it in there.

3.  Hydration

0100ca2fedbb5a86beef6d9711a82f375591c02e28Here is my awesome giant water bottle and a couple of Gu Brews.  This is a water bottle I got from work and it’s the only water bottle I have that holds enough water to get me through spin class.  Its just a basic squeeze bottle, but I never go to spin without it.  On to the Gu Brew, I went a few months without any Nuun and the last time I was at the running store they had Gu Brew – so I thought I would try it out. It’s not as good in my opinion.  To be fair though, one of the flavors I got was strawberry lemonade, which I knew I probably wouldn’t like.  They should probably convert their root beer Gu into a Brew.  (Maybe even the watermelon flavor.)

4 & 5 – Miscellaneous

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This picture contains so much miscellaneous.  Due to the multiple pockets, lots of things end up in my gym bag for safe keeping.  If I ever need something for a run, I know it’s probably in my gym bag.  In this pic is a spare Bondi Band (they soak up ALL the sweat), Body Glide from last summer, my Road ID, chapstick, some extra safety pins, and my headphones.

This bag should really be called my run bag.  Last summer during my training, I used to just grab this bag and go.  I would keep my hydration belt in it, my post-run snacks, Gus, a towel for my car…  I was never running around looking for things in the morning when I knew I had to meet up with my group.

So that’s my gym bag.  This was an easy first link up!  Can’t wait for next week.

So, what’s in your bag? Nuun vs. Gu Brew – Where do you stand?  Any other creative uses for the KT Tape cases?

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17 Comments

  1. Your KT tape container idea is simply brilliant. Where did you get your spin shoes? I love them and I really want to get a pair. (In the hopes that having some will make me go to spin more often.) Your bag is so pretty. 🙂

  2. Love the re-use of the KT package.
    My bag has my toilet kit that I need for the lunch time workout shower, lots of extra clothes though mostly hats & gloves.
    To keep my bag from smelling I use the Boston Marathon bag to put my sweaty clothes in after my workout.
    I also have beads I’ve picked up at races and various nutrition bars. Lot ‘o junk!

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